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By Abe Chang | Agent in Los Angeles, CA

Simple Ways to Start an Urban Garden

Most of us who live in the city of Los Angeles know that space is tight. That is unless you live in a single family home. However, for the many that live in apartments and condos, starting an urban garden simply has to do with space. Hopefully most of us have a patio or balcony of some sort where we can do our gardening. If not, having an area in the kitchen may be a great place to plant some herbs or vegetables that will not overtake your counter top. Here's what I did and it was very cost effective. But please understand that I do not know much about gardening and composting. I am still new at this. I bought my organic seeds from the Co-Opportunity market in Santa Monica. I support small versus corporate whenever I can. The City of Los Angeles has a free mulch giveaway program to residence of LA. According to the city, it's pesticide free and non-toxic. There are three centers that recycle waste. One location is Griffith Park. The compost that comes from Griffith Park includes fallen leaves, tree branches and grass clippings. This is mixed with waste from animals at the Los Angeles Zoo also located in the area. The mulch collected is transferred to 10 different centers throughout the city from East LA, the Valleys and what they call West LA but really it's east of Culver City off of Jefferson. The hours of operation are on their website and I brought some gloves, a small gardening shovel and a bag. Take as little or as much as you want. Brought it back home, threw it in a pot along with the organic seeds I bought and started watering it. Being winter, I'm not sure if anything will really start growing anytime soon, but I'm looking forward to my new urban garden.

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